That title is quite a mouthful… but then again so is the cake so I guess it will suffice. There are a lot of flavors being packed into this one little mug, so hold on to your hats ladys and gents.
This cake is for perfect for the dark chocolate connoisseur. Easy to prepare and very little sugar, it is a great single serving dessert for if you are trying to watch what you eat. One of the keys to mug cakes I have begun to notice is the amount of egg you add. Whenever I add a whole egg to a single cake, it is too dense. Don’t add any egg (or egg substitute) and the texture doesn’t sit well with me. Meeting it halfway, I beat up an egg in a separate bowl and add half of it to get that perfect balance.
Flourless Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake In a Mug
- ½ ripe, mashed banana
- ½ beaten egg
- 1/8 cup peanut butter (If you want to get really fancy with it, you can use chunky)
- 1 teaspoon sugar (or any other kind of sweetener you like)
- 1 ½ tablespoons coco powder
- I added strawberries and chocolate syrup for toppings. Whatever you want to add, you go for it *sassy finger snap*
- Mash up the banana along with the peanut butter and egg until thoroughly mixed.
- Stir in the sugar and coco powder along with any mix ins you might want. If you are not a fan of the bitterness the coco powder adds, you can add some more sugar to try and balance it out.
- Microwave in a mug for around 1 minute 30 seconds. You may need more or less time depending on your microwave.
- Gaze upon your creation until it is cool enough to eat
The crock pot is probably one of my favorite appliances to use in the dorm. It is small, versatile, and perfect if you want to have something ready for you when you come back after classes. For this particular meal, I was having several friends over for dinner and had to have something ready immediately after class. Crock pot for the win.
Usually when I try a recipe, I have to make it several times to tweak it into perfection, but not this time. First try, and it was spot on. I served this over rice along with asparagus and homemade bread with accompanying dipping oil. After eating cafeteria food for far too long, hot damn this was a five star meal.
Honey Garlic Slow Cooker Chicken
- 2 lbs chicken breast cut into chunks
- 3 cloves garlic
- ¾ tsp dried basil
- ¾ tsp red pepper flakes (you can add more or less depending on how hot you like it. This amount gives it a nice kick without being what I would consider spicy)
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- ¼ cup honey
- Chop up the garlic. Mix that along with all other ingredients other than the chicken in a separate bowl. Place in the fridge and allow the flavors to come together for an hour or so. You can also leave it overnight if you have the time.
- Place the chicken breast chunks in the crockpot and pour the sauce over it. Mix together so all the chicken is covered in the sauce.
- Let it cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
- When the chicken is finished cooking, you can take the excess sauce and put it in a saucepan over the stove top to thicken it up. I skipped this step and it was still ballin.
Everyone has those foods we can’t go a week without. Those ingredients that always make it back on our lists of things we need to pick up at the store on a monthly (if not weekly) basis. Although I don’t have as much space in my dorm for a ton of ingredients and food, I always have the basics. If I need something extra, I can go out and get the smallest container available so that it doesn’t go bad waiting to be used again. Here is my grocery list of must haves that get me through my week of tests, homework, classes, work, and late nights.
I am a cinnamon roll connoisseur. You can’t beat a warm sweet roll with the spice of cinnamon and enough icing to send you running to your insulin. That is exactly how I like them. Obviously I can’t have them all the time and I try to avoid buying the Pillsbury tubes because I know I will end up eating all of them in one sitting. That is where this recipe comes in.
Popcorn is a great snack to have if you are watching what you eat. Buying the popcorn that comes in a bag is fine, but air popping it from the plain kernels removes all of the extra fat and chemicals that can come with the fake butter and other flavorings. Plus, its way cheaper to buy a big bag of the kernels than the individual popping bags. If you don’t have an air popper, never fear. There is a very simple way to achieve this in a microwave.
For vegans, people trying to cut out fat from their diet, or people who are just dabbling into new food territory such as myself, replacing eggs in baking is an easy place to start. In a previous post, I explained one of my more commonly used methods of replacing eggs with chai seeds (1 tablespoon of chai seeds to 3 tablespoons of water) but have been since been looking into another popular substitution; flax eggs!
The brand of flax seeds I used